Poll results

Medical Milestones

From 5-14 January 2007 we conducted an online poll to decide the most important medical advance since 1840. From a list initially suggested by our readers, an expert panel chose the top 15, which formed the basis for the vote. We also published a supplement, where champions argued the merits of each individual advance.

Sanitation emerged as the winner.

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Results of poll 

Most important advance

 

Number

Proportion (%)

Anaesthesia

1574

13.9

Antibiotics

1642

Chlorpromazine

73

Computers

405

Discovery of DNA structure

1000

Evidence-based medicine

636

Germ theory

843

Immunology

182

Medical imaging (x-rays, etc.)

471

Oral contraceptive pill

842

Oral rehydration therapy

308

Risks of smoking

183

Sanitation
(clean water and sewage disposal)

1795

Tissue culture

50

Vaccines

1337

 

 

 

Total Respondents

11341

 

Visitor category

 

Number

Proportion (%)

Doctor

3198

Nurse/midwife

330

Other healthcare professional

677

Academic researcher

1144

Public health/Health policy

487

Student

1582

Librarian/Information specialist

188

Education

462

Industry

437

Member of the public

2438

Press/media

220

 

 

 

Total Respondents

11163

 

Country

 

 

Number

Proportion (%)

Australia

315

Bulgaria

573

Canada

604

Germany

200

India

256

Italy

547

Spain

324

United Kingdom

4281

United States

2270

Other countries

1992

 

 

 

Total respondents

11362

 

Publication of this online supplement is made possible by an educational grant from AstraZeneca